Norman Bel Geddes was an American theatrical and industrial designer. Contents. 1 Early life Bel Geddes’s book Magic Motorways () promoted advances in highway design and transportation, foreshadowing the Interstate Highway. Magic motorways by Norman Bel Geddes, , Random house edition. Title, Magic Motorways. Author, Norman Bel Geddes. Publisher, Random House, Original from, the University of Michigan. Digitized, Aug 16,

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Unlimited One-Day Delivery motorwaus more. Bel Geddes believed that art, as well as architecture and design, could make people’s lives psychologically and emotionally richer. They will make it possible for him to proceed at full speed through dense fog.

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Norman Bel Geddes

Bel Geddes’s book Magic Motorways promoted advances in highway design and transportation, foreshadowing the Interstate Highway System “there should be no more reason for a motorist who is geddws through a city to slow down than there is for an airplane which is passing over it” [ citation needed ]along with aspects of driver assist and autonomous driving.

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One person found this helpful. Retrieved October 21, To Geddes, streamlining illustrated courage: This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. Bel Geddes opened an industrial-design studio inand designed a wide range of commercial products, from cocktail shakers to commemorative medallions to radio cabinets.

Bel Geddes expounded a philosophy of “essential forms” evolved from their systems of use. Hamlin Press 4 Mar. The best cheap option to own this book is to use a search engine to find a free downloadable PDF scan of it; maybe hunt down Bel Geddes’s more famous work Horizons while you are at it.


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Dictionary of World Biography, Volume 7. This large collection includes models, drafts, watercolor designs, research notes, project proposals, and correspondence. It was an immense model of America, circagdedes by 27, visitors daily who exited with a pin proclaiming “I Have Seen the Future. General Motors 25th anniversary medal,featuring teardrop shaped car.

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He helped to establish a new professional niche — that of “industrial designer,” arguing for a closer relationship between engineering and design. Archived from the original on August 27, The Motorwayd of the City: Photo illustrated dust jacket. Bel Geddes’ first book HORIZONS is a motkrways survey of modernist design, illustrated throughout with drawings, models and photographs of the author’s utopic industrial innovation with chapters on motor cars and buses, railways, airports and airplanes, houses, theatres, restaurants, and more.